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Poland

Poland is located in Central Europe and has a population of 38 million people. Poland is fast becoming a major tourist destination for European travellers as its cities, such as the capital Warsaw, embrace the dining and café culture complete with shopping and nightlife. Despite the modernisation of its offerings, Poland does not forget its past, featuring an infusion of traditional culture and gothic architecture. Outside of the cities, Poland has the wild beauty of its national parks and nature reserves. Since joining the EU in 2004, Poland has become a favourite destination for many European medical tourists. The national language is Polish, although English, German and Russian are also spoken.

Medical tourism

Poland is a popular Medical Tourism destination for Europeans and those from the UK, with the most common areas of treatment being Cosmetic, Dental, Obesity and Orthopedic. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

The weather in Poland is inconsistent and can change from day to day, but it does have clear separate seasons. Most people visit when the weather is at is warmest (May through to October), with July being the hottest month. It can get quite busy around this time particularly as many Polish workers also take their annual leave in July and/or August. The coldest months are January and February, where you will more than likely see snow. The best time to visit Poland if you want to avoid the crowds is in spring/early summer (mid-May through to June) or the end of summer through to the start of autumn/fall (September through to October).

Money and costs

The national currency for Poland is the zloty (PLN, symbol zl), although Poland does intend on adopting the Euro at some point in the near future. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool. Poland is a relatively inexpensive country when travelling on the USA dollar or British pound. A mid-range traveller should expect to spend at least 175 zl per day.

Visas

Travellers from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and most of Europe do not need a visa to enter Poland for up to 90 days.

Getting there

Warsaw is the main point of entry for Poland with the vast majority of international flights arriving at Warsaw-Frédéric Chopin Airport. There are a small number of flights direct from North America, but travellers from Asia and Australia will need to change flights at a central European hub before continuing on to Poland. Most cut-price European carriers will fly to/from Poland, with other carriers making the journey such as Air France, Alitalia, Bristish Airways and KLM.

Dialling codes

To call Poland, the country dialling code is +48.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Poland at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com/​poland

Poland Tourism - www.poland.travel/​en-us/​pot_front_page

Poland Embassy in the USA - www.washington.polemb.net

Poland Embassy in the UK - poland.embassyhomepage.com

NHS health information on Poland - www.nhs.uk/​NHSEngland/​healthcarepoland/​Pages/​healthcarepoland.aspx

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011